Borderlands 2 Writer Outs Destructoid As Corrupt In Wake Of #GamerGate

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Former writer at Destructoid and writer for the hit FPS/RPG Borderlands 2, Anthony Burch, has outed his former co-workers at Destructoid for giving favourable reviews to a game that he has worked on. He has given evidence over Twitter as a part of a rant on how he wasn’t targeted by the #GamerGate movement in an attempt to prove that it is a misogynistic, woman-hating, hunting machine. However, this can not be further from the truth as the campaign has led to funding The Fine Young Capitalists, which are aiming to put female developers into gaming positions, as the designer neglects to mention.

It is likely that during the kerfuffle, people simply forgot who this writer is. How many times have gamers heard the name Anthony Burch in the media, since after his move from Destructoid?

See the Tweets below for the corruption allegations.

https://twitter.com/reverendanthony

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  • logat890

    Man this guy is really stupid!

  • logat890

    I always got the feeling Chris Carter was full of shit! This just confirms it!

  • Ano

    Are this people stupid or what? A. Burch looks like a 10 year old who just learned to use Twitter!

  • Josef Ouano

    Welp, Fvck Borderlands The Presequel. No sale, no sale ,gearbox. After The Aliens and Duke Nukem debacle, no sale.

    • http://attackongaming.com/ Gaming Admiral

      It’s okay to use expletives here… I think. Unless Disqus has some auto-banning thing I’m not aware of.

  • Roland Bjorkman

    Is this fucktard for real? How do people like this get hired to write a game? People are “pretending” that he wasn’t on their radar? Does he think people are following his career and relationships like teenage girls follow Justin Bieber?

    Gaming journalism just seems to be filled with these twats. They are exactly what they are condemning, too. White males who for the most part went to expensive private schools, had connections. No wonder they are reacting so strongly to these criticisms. Professional gaming journalism is quite an elitist little club.

    • http://attackongaming.com/ Gaming Admiral

      A lot of game journo’s are based in San Fran as well. Coincidence?

  • PlainOldTruth

    Maleness is existentially a state of crime. The pre-crime commissars of Feminist Rule must round up all the defectives (non-politically correct bio-units) and get their DNA. Feminist Dictatorship is the wish of The Goddess. Obey! (if you are “white” you get double scum points: that is what the totalitarian “social justice” (group guilt) dogma says.) Obey the bossy chicks, or perish!

    • http://attackongaming.com/ Gaming Admiral

      Lmao. Sounds like the synopsis of a pulp sci-fi novel.

  • BASTA!

    Kamikaze damage control.

  • Nathan Merrill

    Seriously, in what universe is pointing out that two people who reviewed your work – and who gave you positive reviews for it – were your friends and didn’t mention that? Especially when you’re confronting people who are angry over corruption in the industry?

    Does this guy throw rocks at beehives?

  • Ben (Broken)

    How sad. I really liked Anthony in “Hey Ash,watcha playin?’. So,Burch really thinks we’re doing all this just because we are misogynistic dude bros out to harass women? I really hope Ash doesn’t share the same sentiment. I’m sorry but when gamers are told they’re dying,worse than ISIS,and comparable to Nazi youths how do you think they’re going to respond? That and gamers are also sick and tired of the “white cis male hashtag” due to the fact we’re actually a very diverse group that includes other ethnic groups,LGBTs,and yes,even “gurlz”,omg!

    • http://attackongaming.com/ Gaming Admiral

      This only just occurred to me just now, I’m the only ‘cis white’ guy in my group of gamers.

  • DiscordianKitty

    “this can not be further from the truth as the campaign has lead to funding The Fine Young Capitalists”

    Oh. Freaking. PLEASE. When 4chan decided to donate to The Fine Young Capitalists, it was BECAUSE IT WOULD MAKE THEM LOOK GOOD. It was done on purpose to make “SJWs” look “hypocritical”. It’s all there in the birth of Vivian James.

    The fact that an argument as weak as that is being used as proof that GamerGate is not misogynist just shows how misogynistic and ridiculous GamerGate is.

    • Leo Lexmarque

      “The fact that an argument as weak as that is being used as proof that
      GamerGate is not misogynist just shows how misogynistic and ridiculous
      GamerGate is.”

      So why are you bringing this up in article wherein the corrupt person in question is Anthony Burch, a male?

    • disqus_lPCKHChcBn

      I don’t think you seem to understand some things here.

      Vivian James isn’t part of the #GamerGate thing at all. She’s part of the campaign being ran by TFYC. #GamerGate is about the topic of corrupt journalists in our industry. It got hijacked a few times by idiots and people misusing it so it would lose credibility, but that’s what #GamerGate is for.

      It has nothing to do with Vivian James at all. I really don’t know why you brought her up, other than because this article mentions 4chan donated to a feminist campaign to bring more women into gaming. No one is using her to prove #GamerGate isn’t misogynistic at all.

      • Chris Wedge

        The sad thing of course being, that “misogynist” means whatever feminism wants it to. It’s a silencing term, not meaning what the dictionary says it does.

        Doesn’t matter how much you help self-proclaimed feminists like The Young Capitalists, they’re not in the loop. They’re still going to attack you for not doing exactly as they say. And it’s a damn big loop they have – goes far past gaming. This little corruption scandal is a symptom, if anything.

        • http://attackongaming.com/ Gaming Admiral

          Completely agree with your silencing term remarks.

          TFYC are actively in the loop. They don’t talk about it much, but they are acutely aware of the movement.

    • Edward Acki

      I was raised in belief that deeds and facts are more important than just words. And here there’s you, claiming “what you do” is less important than “why you do it and who you are”. I’m sure the women will appreciate your bashing of actual sponsors. Neo-“feminism” at its finest.

    • Sheepfly

      You seems to be lost.

  • BlackestNight63

    Sounds like he’s upset no one knows who he is lol. Never mind the fact that a few guys have been called out for colluding with Quinn/Maya Kramer, but it’s all about attacking women. He’ll have 15 sec. of fame, and we’ll go back to not knowing of his existence.

  • Guest

    Maybe because I and probably everyone else has never fucking heard of you dude. And I like Borderlands. Name doesn’t ring a bell. Maybe this isn’t about sexism and simply about no one giving a shit about you. But we appreciate the evidence

  • Carks

    So his wife finally tapped him so hard that it got to his brains? Damn.

  • Billy

    I would advise someone contact Sega’s PR… oh nevermind, I’ll e-mail their legal department right now. I was going to do it later but they might like to investigate this. Thanks for the article Attack on Gaming.

  • jeremy

    Pretty hilarious – thanks for giving this coverage attackongaming – your site’s namesake has never been more relevant.

  • disqus_lPCKHChcBn

    Now, I’m curious to ask, but how would everyone think Sega would feel about knowing all of this?

    http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/09/03/sega-shifts-blame-to-gearbox-in-aliens-colonial-marines-lawsuit

    Right now, Sega and Gearbox are being lumped together for fucking up Colonial Marines.

    From the article itself: “SEGA’s most recent filings suggest that Gearbox not only had a great
    deal of contractual power over advertising and marketing of Aliens: Colonial Marines, but also that Gearbox often promoted the game without approval from SEGA.”

    With this info, it’s possible that Sega could further show blame to Gearbox, depending on how they go about this. It’s as if Burch didn’t think about the consequences his words would have at all.

  • Guest

    So, I’m interested in asking, but how would everyone think Sega would feel about this info?

    http://attackongaming.com/gaming-talk/borderlands-2-writer-outs-destructoid-as-corrupt-in-wake-of-gamergate/

    I mean, Sega is currently in court alongside Gearbox for fucking up Colonial Marines.

    From the article itself: “SEGA’s most recent filings suggest that Gearbox not only had a great
    deal of contractual power over advertising and marketing of Aliens: Colonial Marines, but also that Gearbox often promoted the game without approval from SEGA.”

    This could possibly be used to tie into this case right here and shift all blame to Gearbox, depending on how they go about it. It’s as if Burch didn’t think about what the outcome to this entire thing would be.

    • http://attackongaming.com/ Gaming Admiral

      Which article is this one you’re quoting matey?

  • disqus_6DwfESMiOF

    Brilliant. . Burch will throw anyone under the bus as long as it extends his 15 mins of fame, even for a second.

  • Bạch Bất Bình

    Haha this dumbass. We have to thank him after this.

    • Chris Wedge

      Just like any cornered feminist… no, any cornered bigot – they spout off utter nonsense and discredit themselves.